MUSICIANS, MUSIC, SELF-confidence, ANNIVERSARIES, and NICKNAMES
The article presents information about singer Nat King Cole. His instantly recognizable voice attracts adjectives-velvety, silken, intimate-the way Homeric heroes trail epithets. But those words can't describe the swinging, ingratiating self-confidence laced with tenderness that colors Nat King Cole's singing. February 15 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of Cole's death--ironically, given his dense voice--from lung cancer. Listeners who discovered him through the amiably engulfing sound of hits like "Unforgettable," "Mona Lisa" and "Ramblin' Rose" may not realize that Cole, a brilliant pop singer, was also a lot more.
The article presents an overview of singer Jordin Sparks' five favorite music releases. A discussion of the reason that Sparks enjoys Nat King Cole's album "The Very Best of Nat Kin Cole," Michael Jackson's album "Number Ones," Christina Aguillera's album "Christina Aguilera," John Mayer's album "Continuum," and Mariah Carey's album "Mariah Carey," is presented.
TIME Magazine; 7/30/1951, Vol. 58 Issue 5, p65, 1p
SINGERS, POPULARITY, and PIANO
The article focuses on singer Nat "King" Cole, who refers to his being flexible with the public's taste as the reason for his popularity. He considers himself as an interpreter of stories who sits down at his piano and tell fairy stories when he performs. At 15, Cole organized his own band called the Prince of the Ivories. It notes that his composition titled "Straighten Up and Fly Right" played a major role in securing a contract with Capitol Records.
Jet; 3/14/2005, Vol. 107 Issue 11, p16-18, 2p, 1 Color Photograph, 1 Black and White Photograph
MUSICIANS, SINGERS, and MUSIC
Reports on the release of the musical album "The World of Nat King Cole," which features the greatest hits of singer Nat King Cole. Description of the album and its contents; Songs that are included; History of Cole's life and death in 1965.
HOLIDAYS, CHRISTMAS music, MUSIC, PUBLIC opinion, and SURVEYS
Discusses the popularity of singer Nat King Cole's version of "The Christmas Song," among women aged 30-49. Analysis of a study conducted by Edison Media Research of radio listeners; Other favorite holiday songs.
New York Times. 12/5/2008, Vol. 158 Issue 54515, p18. 0p.
MUSIC, CHRISTMAS music, and REVIEWS
ELVIS PRESLEY: 'CHRISTMAS DUETS' (RCA Nashville/Sony BMG) 'SOUNDS OF THE SEASON: THE NAT KING COLE HOLIDAY COLLECTION' (NBC/EMI Music Special Markets, available exclusively at Target) The success of posthumous duets is often indirectly correlated to the respect with which the dearly departed is treated: the higher the pedestal, the less convincing the result. Wisely, the female country stars on ''Christmas Duets'' try to match Elvis Presley's mood, whether it's Carrie Underwood's tenderness on ''I'll Be Home for Christmas'' or Wynonna Judd's brawn on ''Santa Claus Is Back in Town.'' On a wild eight-minute ''Merry Christmas Baby,'' Gretchen Wilson saunters up to the song, full of attitude, before giving in; it sounds as if she's flirting with Mr. Presley just across the bar. Trying to get that close to Nat King Cole, though, may be a fool's errand. On this collection his brief vocal snippets are treated like museum pieces. Of Cole's partners, only his daughter Natalie, on ''The Christmas Song,'' and Shelby Lynne, on a lingering ''Silent Night,'' don't sound as if they're harmonizing with a specter they can't quite hear. JON CARAMANICA [ABSTRACT FROM PUBLISHER]